Steak should be grilled to release its savory flavor and juiciest confessions. Get the truth out of grilled fare with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and hibachi dinner at House of Tokyo in St. Charles.
Chopsticks at House of Tokyo snap up sushi from a revolving conveyer belt and nab sizzling meats that hibachi chefs sear tableside. Appetizers of shumai dumplings ($4.25) and soft-shoe-dancing soft-shell crab ($6.95) whet appetites before entrees of shrimp tempura ($11.95) and sautéed calamari teriyaki ($14.95) pop taste buds straight from grills. Tableside flames make polite dinner conversation while preparing hibachi sirloin steak ($16.95), sesame scallops ($16.95), and other entrees, all of which come with sides of soup, salad, and steamed rice. A variety of sushi and sashimi platters ($10.95–$25.95) compile vegetables and fresh fish untouched by flames wrapped in snug, rice-lined sleeping bags.
House of Tokyo
At House of Tokyo, the ordering process is just as much fun as digging into hot teriyaki dishes or popping segments of maki. Within a homey, wood-floored dining room, dual delights welcome diners in the form of a floating sushi bar and tables embedded with teppanyaki grills. A riff on conveyer-belt sushi—a popular serving method in Japan where plates of sushi pass by on a moving belt—House of Tokyo instead has a small canal of water on which wooden boats float by bearing cargo of fresh salmon, tuna, and delicately composed rolls for customers to grab. Sushi chefs also take individual orders, which diners can watch come to life behind the sushi bar. For those with heartier appetites or a fear of water, tables fitted with teppanyaki grills showcase a different kitchen skill set as chefs grill sirloin, veggies, and seafood before their eyes.